Go Back  Bike Forums > Bike Forums > Classic & Vintage
Reload this Page >

What type frame do women prefer?

Classic & Vintage This forum is to discuss the many aspects of classic and vintage bicycles, including musclebikes, lightweights, middleweights, hi-wheelers, bone-shakers, safety bikes and much more.

What type frame do women prefer?

Old 03-05-19, 02:42 PM
  #51  
Bikerider007 
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2015
Location: AZ
Posts: 2,377

Bikes: Yes

Mentioned: 25 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 432 Post(s)
Liked 6 Times in 6 Posts
I'm guessing slender, wide shoulders, hair is a plus....

Depends on what they ride. Casual, probably a step through. But now all frames pretty much account for swinging your leg over.
__________________
Bikerider007 is offline  
Old 03-05-19, 02:56 PM
  #52  
gomango 
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: STP
Posts: 14,887
Mentioned: 63 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 666 Post(s)
Liked 9 Times in 6 Posts
My wife currently has three main bikes and all are “performance” oriented.

A De Rosa, a MAP and a new Bianchi Oltre. She does group rides 2-3 days of the week and most of them have new fangled hot rods.

I ask her if she wants an “errand” bike and she prefers an old Stumpjumper we have with racks for this purpose.

She had a Gazelle mixte that just sat there, so we sold it.
gomango is offline  
Old 03-05-19, 03:02 PM
  #53  
tiredhands 
Sempiternal Newb
 
tiredhands's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2014
Location: Panama City, FL
Posts: 647

Bikes: '92 Trek 750, '85 Univega Gran Turismo, '95 Stumpjumper,

Mentioned: 48 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 226 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 4 Times in 4 Posts
My wife rode a faux mixte when she was pregnant because the standover height is really low and it's easy to step over. Now we both ride it whenever we want to bring the little dude along. It's great! I much prefer it to my diamond-framed "townie."
edit: I should also add that, for regular riding, my wife much prefers diamond frames and drop bars and is very much resistant to riding anything else, especially other handlebar shapes.


Last edited by tiredhands; 03-05-19 at 03:06 PM.
tiredhands is online now  
Old 03-05-19, 03:36 PM
  #54  
madpogue 
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: Madison, WI USA
Posts: 2,868
Mentioned: 18 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 650 Post(s)
Liked 49 Times in 42 Posts
Originally Posted by Oldairhead View Post
If you reverse the gender of the question and ask what kind of frame do men prefer you will understand how ridiculous the question is!
This. This puts the whole question into perspective.

Originally Posted by non-fixie View Post
Happy to help. This is a difficult subject. Couple of other things to keep in mind:

1. Looks, especially color, are important ("Colnago" or "Reynolds 753" much less so)
2. Third party approval works like a charm
More broad (sorry, bad pun....) generalizations. If indeed this question were reversed, as @Oldairhead suggests we imagine, how ridiculous would it look to say "men don't care about looks or color; jus show them the brand and the frame material sticker"?
madpogue is offline  
Old 03-05-19, 03:58 PM
  #55  
non-fixie 
Shifting is fun!
 
non-fixie's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: South Holland, NL
Posts: 7,718

Bikes: Yes, please.

Mentioned: 190 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1055 Post(s)
Liked 38 Times in 30 Posts
Originally Posted by madpogue View Post
This. This puts the whole question into perspective.

More broad (sorry, bad pun....) generalizations. If indeed this question were reversed, as @Oldairhead suggests we imagine, how ridiculous would it look to say "men don't care about looks or color; jus show them the brand and the frame material sticker"?
I'm afraid that's closer to the truth than you might like it to be ...
__________________
Reasons to be cheerful!
non-fixie is offline  
Old 03-05-19, 04:26 PM
  #56  
Honusms 
Senior Member
 
Honusms's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2017
Location: Fort Worth, Texas
Posts: 220

Bikes: More than my husband knows about

Mentioned: 14 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 85 Post(s)
Liked 10 Times in 7 Posts
Originally Posted by SurferRosa View Post
51cm light blue Univega Viva Sport, rebuilt with new tires
Like this?


Honusms is offline  
Old 03-05-19, 04:29 PM
  #57  
Sgvpicker
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2017
Location: San Dimas CA
Posts: 23

Bikes: Cannondale SuperSix Evo DURA-ACE

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I prefer a man's frame but only because of the look/ styles/ colors.
Sgvpicker is offline  
Old 03-05-19, 05:23 PM
  #58  
madpogue 
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: Madison, WI USA
Posts: 2,868
Mentioned: 18 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 650 Post(s)
Liked 49 Times in 42 Posts
Originally Posted by non-fixie View Post
I'm afraid that's closer to the truth than you might like it to be ...
So you haven't seen one bicycle on this entire forum that was not obsessively fussed over cosmetically by its male owner?
madpogue is offline  
Old 03-06-19, 02:13 AM
  #59  
non-fixie 
Shifting is fun!
 
non-fixie's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: South Holland, NL
Posts: 7,718

Bikes: Yes, please.

Mentioned: 190 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1055 Post(s)
Liked 38 Times in 30 Posts
Originally Posted by madpogue View Post
So you haven't seen one bicycle on this entire forum that was not obsessively fussed over cosmetically by its male owner?
Sure, but that wasn't my point.
__________________
Reasons to be cheerful!
non-fixie is offline  
Old 03-06-19, 05:09 AM
  #60  
kross57
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Aug 2018
Location: north NJ
Posts: 284

Bikes: Miyata 710, Team Fuji, Schwinn World Sport

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 77 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 1 Time in 1 Post
Originally Posted by Oldairhead View Post
If you reverse the gender of the question and ask what kind of frame do men prefer you will understand how ridiculous the question is!
Sorry, but not true. In bikes there are so many women specific designs, including frames and saddles. It is interesting to hear how these perform from a woman's perspective. A lot of varied and informative responses.
kross57 is offline  
Old 03-06-19, 10:07 AM
  #61  
Oldairhead
Senior Member
 
Oldairhead's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Oregon City
Posts: 488

Bikes: Rawland, Co-Motion, Pegoretti, Colnago, Motobecane, Battaglin, De Bernardi, Hetchins, Sancineto, Legnano, Moots, Schwinn, Girardengo, Bianchi, Hetchins, Messori, PT Stallard

Mentioned: 12 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 58 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 2 Times in 2 Posts
Originally Posted by kross57 View Post
Sorry, but not true. In bikes there are so many women specific designs, including frames and saddles. It is interesting to hear how these perform from a woman's perspective. A lot of varied and informative responses.
I do not dispute that there are many "women specific" designs available and that that is a good thing. But going back to the original question, "Wondering what the women here prefer in frame design" is a poorly framed question. If you asked, what kind of frame do men prefer, or what kind of frame do blondes prefer, I think most would agree those to be ridiculous inquiries. Of course the answers would be as unique as the individual and their interests. I know women who race mountain bikes, women who are randonneurs, double century riders, road racers, women who ride crits, commuters, casual recreational riders, Sunday Parkway riders and yes, even women who ride naked (see link below)! The answer for every one of these people is different. The most important consideration (secondary to the type of riding to be done) is proper fit of course!

In the C & V world there were very few women specific bike and accessory choices. Women either rode a "girls bike" or adapted to any other available model (see Alfonsina Strada). I believe that the women who are on this forum have a diverse type of interests in their cycling and cannot be categorized simply as women riders. Perhaps a better question would be "what kind of riding do women here enjoy?"

https://pdxwnbr.org/ NSFW
Oldairhead is offline  
Old 03-06-19, 12:56 PM
  #62  
SurferRosa
Senior Member
 
SurferRosa's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2018
Posts: 877

Bikes: old school 531c & campy

Mentioned: 19 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 361 Post(s)
Liked 45 Times in 33 Posts
Originally Posted by Honusms View Post
Like this?
Yeah, that one looks pretty good. I'd trim the front brake cable, and maybe save the clips/straps for something else. It doesn't need to be a mixte, either, but you surely narrow your target market that way. Pretty paint sure helps. It will sell quicker with pics in the park or a cute dog or cat in the shot.
SurferRosa is online now  
Old 03-06-19, 01:23 PM
  #63  
madpogue 
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: Madison, WI USA
Posts: 2,868
Mentioned: 18 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 650 Post(s)
Liked 49 Times in 42 Posts
Maybe we should ask these guys....

madpogue is offline  
Old 03-06-19, 05:02 PM
  #64  
RobbieTunes 
Half drunk? Finish!
 
RobbieTunes's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Very Southern Indiana
Posts: 25,742
Mentioned: 32 Post(s)
Tagged: 1 Thread(s)
Quoted: 346 Post(s)
Liked 58 Times in 48 Posts
Originally Posted by Oldairhead View Post
I do not dispute that there are many "women specific" designs available and that that is a good thing. But going back to the original question, "Wondering what the women here prefer in frame design" is a poorly framed question. If you asked, what kind of frame do men prefer, or what kind of frame do blondes prefer, I think most would agree those to be ridiculous inquiries. Of course the answers would be as unique as the individual and their interests. I know women who race mountain bikes, women who are randonneurs, double century riders, road racers, women who ride crits, commuters, casual recreational riders, Sunday Parkway riders and yes, even women who ride naked (see link below)! The answer for every one of these people is different. The most important consideration (secondary to the type of riding to be done) is proper fit of course!

In the C & V world there were very few women specific bike and accessory choices. Women either rode a "girls bike" or adapted to any other available model (see Alfonsina Strada). I believe that the women who are on this forum have a diverse type of interests in their cycling and cannot be categorized simply as women riders. Perhaps a better question would be "what kind of riding do women here enjoy?"

https://pdxwnbr.org/ NSFW
Then start your own thread?
__________________
Robbie ♪♫♪...☻
I have unfinished business.

RobbieTunes is offline  
Old 03-06-19, 09:43 PM
  #65  
Oldairhead
Senior Member
 
Oldairhead's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Oregon City
Posts: 488

Bikes: Rawland, Co-Motion, Pegoretti, Colnago, Motobecane, Battaglin, De Bernardi, Hetchins, Sancineto, Legnano, Moots, Schwinn, Girardengo, Bianchi, Hetchins, Messori, PT Stallard

Mentioned: 12 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 58 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 2 Times in 2 Posts
Originally Posted by RobbieTunes View Post
Then start your own thread?
That's nice Robbie. I thought she was asking for opinions but thats my error. I don't think mine was out of line but maybe I was wrong. Here is my new response.

Women like pink bikes!

I hope this opinion meets the approval of the elders here. Sheesh!
Oldairhead is offline  
Old 03-07-19, 05:36 AM
  #66  
kross57
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Aug 2018
Location: north NJ
Posts: 284

Bikes: Miyata 710, Team Fuji, Schwinn World Sport

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 77 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 1 Time in 1 Post
Originally Posted by Oldairhead View Post
I do not dispute that there are many "women specific" designs available and that that is a good thing. But going back to the original question, "Wondering what the women here prefer in frame design" is a poorly framed question. If you asked, what kind of frame do men prefer, or what kind of frame do blondes prefer, I think most would agree those to be ridiculous inquiries. Of course the answers would be as unique as the individual and their interests. I know women who race mountain bikes, women who are randonneurs, double century riders, road racers, women who ride crits, commuters, casual recreational riders, Sunday Parkway riders and yes, even women who ride naked (see link below)! The answer for every one of these people is different. The most important consideration (secondary to the type of riding to be done) is proper fit of course!

In the C & V world there were very few women specific bike and accessory choices. Women either rode a "girls bike" or adapted to any other available model (see Alfonsina Strada). I believe that the women who are on this forum have a diverse type of interests in their cycling and cannot be categorized simply as women riders. Perhaps a better question would be "what kind of riding do women here enjoy?"

https://pdxwnbr.org/ NSFW
I still don't get what you seem intent on arguing about. When you write "Of course the answers would be as unique as the individual and their interests.", that's exactly what I expected. So, where is the harm? I'm not categorizing anyone. I do believe women have a unique perspective on this topic. Let them speak for themselves. Unless you build bikes specifically for women, or have a woman riding companion who has shared their views on this subject, you might be better served by reading, rather than posting. Just saying...
kross57 is offline  
Old 03-07-19, 07:19 PM
  #67  
ColonelSanders
Senior Member
 
ColonelSanders's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2014
Location: Brisbane, Australia
Posts: 3,905

Bikes: 2017 Surly Troll with XT Drive Train, 2017 Merida Big Nine XT Edition, 2016 Giant Toughroad SLR 2, 1995 Trek 830

Mentioned: 25 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1242 Post(s)
Liked 14 Times in 12 Posts
Originally Posted by kross57 View Post
I still don't get what you seem intent on arguing about.
He appears to like just arguing for arguing sakes.


There was nothing wrong with your opening question.
ColonelSanders is offline  
Related Topics
Thread
Thread Starter
Forum
Replies
Last Post
willydstyle
Bicycle Mechanics
3
11-13-17 06:46 AM
vintagerando
Classic and Vintage Sales
4
09-17-15 07:27 AM
Mac_48
Road Cycling
6
11-13-09 10:46 AM
skinnyboy
Road Cycling
24
09-06-08 04:47 PM
Terrago
General Cycling Discussion
2
02-25-03 08:03 AM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service

Copyright © 2018 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.